Monday, October 28, 2013

Hebrews, Chapter 2 Discussion

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi the craziness that has been October, somehow I missed the post on Hebrews 2 on the 16th.  And the chapter 3 post was up last week...I did see that one, but didn't have time to comment, since I was in full out sleepover prep.  So...I'll hit chapter 2 today and try to get chapter 3 in on Wednesday, just in time for chapter 4...

The theme Suzanne found in chapter 2 is 'He is able'. The phrase that hit me as I read through it was 'Great Salvation', from 2:3-4:

how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.   ( ESV)

Look at that was

1) Declared by the Lord
2) Attested by eyewitnesses
3) validated by signs, wonders and gifts of the Spirit.

As we read on, we find more details about this salvation...

- by God's grace, Christ tasted death for everyone (vs.9)
- he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all brothers (v. 11)
- through death, he destroyed the one who has the power of death (v. 14) and delivered all those who were slaves because of the fear of death (v. 15)
- He is able to help those who are tempted (v. 18)

The Great Salvation is not just a ticket punch for the ride to heaven, it is an ongoing, growing, reciprocal relationship.

And it is not surpassed by anything.  Not to jump ahead, but here is the groundwork laid for a later argument.  The author is already trying to get the reader to consider...if I neglect this relationship, overlook this truth, reject this opportunity for redemption...what is left?  What will replace it?  What will do its work?

 If one goes in search of  a superior can that person escape?

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